A Raisin In The Sun: The Real Meaning of Money

A Raisin In The Sun

1 Smith Rachel Smith Dimmer English 11 April 21, 2014 A Raisin in the Sun In my viewpoint, the most widespread theme in, “A Raisin in the Sun” is the real meaning of money since all of the family members have dreams that need cash in order for them to be fulfilled. Walter is always attempting to get cash to open an alcohol shop and thinks that the only method he can be a successful guy is if he reaches this objective. Throughout the book, Walter is envious of wealthy people and is rather embarrassed of his career of a chauffeur. He ould like for his son to have a much better life and wants him to have everything that he might ever want. While talking to Mama in the book, Walter states, “Mama, sometimes when I’m downtown and I go by them cool, quiet-looking dining establishments where them white young boys are kicking back and talking bout things, turning offers worth countless dollars, often I see people don’t look much older than me.” (page 73) Walter pays so much attention to these abundant “white boys” and this triggers him to not appreciate what he has, he just constantly wants more.

Walter thinks that if Mama provides him the money to purchase a liquor store then he will achieve success. Mama doesn’t understand why Walter is so focused on money and she asks him, “Son-how come you talk so 1 2 Smith much ’bout cash?” Walter responds, “Due to the fact that it is life, Mom!” (page 74) Mama does not see money as such a big necessity in life and believes more in household, love and faith. She tries to reveal Walter and Beneatha that not everything in life is about being rich and having cash. For instance, after Walter informs Mother that he thinks that money s life on page 74, she says, “Oh-So now it’s life. Money is life. Once upon a time flexibility used to be life- now it’s money. I think the world really do change …” (page 74) Mother is attempting to teach Walter not to be so materialistic. She desires him to concentrate on other elements of life that Walter simply can’t appear to comprehend. Likewise, when Mother says how the world is changing, she is discussing how money has a negative impact on individuals of that time and how sad it is that cash is such a necessity. Throughout the discussion in between Mother and Walter,

Mama sys, “You something brand-new, boy. In my time we was fretted about not being lynched and getting to the North if we could and how to stay alive and still have a pinch of self-respect too …” (page 74) Mom is speaking about how Walter needs to value his flexibility and how in her time, they had to fight for their liberty and might care less about cash. Beneatha doesn’t appear to show as much interest in money till she realizes that all of her household’s money is one. In the start of the book, Beneatha is type of the castaway of the household because she oesn’t appear too concerned about the money and has various views 2 3 Smith than the rest of the household. For example, Beneatha and Ruth had a conversation about why Beneatha will not marry George and Beneatha states, “Oh, I just mean I could not ever actually be serious with George. He’s- he’s so shallow.” Ruth responds, “Shallow- what do you suggest he’s shallow? He’s rich!” Beneatha then says, “I understand he’s rich. He understands he’s rich too.” (page 48-49) Beneatha wants more from a man than money, she has more depth than that. She is an independent lady nd declines to marry someone even if they are rich. In the start, Beneatha isn’t too concentrated on cash; however, she concerns the realization that in order to satisfy her imagine being a physician, she needs cash for medical school. When Walter lost all of the family’s money, destroying any chance of Beneatha ending up being a doctor she tells Asagai, “Asagai, while I was sleeping in that bed there, individuals went out and took the future right out of my hands! And no one asked me, nobody consulted me- they just went and changed my life!” (page 134) 3

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